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wk6: site and form exploration


Thursday, Feb 22, 2018 - 12:00:55 am

@ kc

feedback from last week:

two ways going about it; CASTING: creating an object/sculpture to cast shadows FRAMING: using elements around us (nature and sunlight) and framing/emphasising their shadows

material consideration polyester mesh; white translucent cloth; paper; frosted acrylic; polished aluminum

NB. we were thinking if there is any material that is photosensitive i.e. absorbs light in the day and emits fluorescent light at night — Read more →

The examples are good and your proposals are interesting but still very vague and theoretical. I believe your installation should be very much site specific. You must decide one relevant place and focus on it. It’s important to accurately analyze the place. Sun movements: how the installation will change during the day? Wind: how it might affect the installation or how the installation might benefit from the wind, how the structure design might be influenced? People circulation: how do you want the people interact with it? during the day or nighttime as well? How the nighttime artificial lights might contribute to the shadow casting? materials are very important, the minimalism of your design proposals should be substantiated with feasibility (for example: where the hanging cones are hanging from? ...and are made of??) ...

Product Design IV // Week 6


Wednesday, Feb 21, 2018 - 11:37:13 pm

@ Nelle.

Ideation Fiona x Shanelle

Feedbacks gathered the last session:

What is the overall form of the structure? Shade, trellis and pangolin-inspired form, are all three combining well? Which one is more conceptually relevant, more representative of NTU, more promising of good results? A function is defined by its creator and you define it. The function doesn’t necessarily have to be solely functional Read more →
You need to decide one direction and proceed with it. I wouldn’t recommend the bimetal elements,  they required a lot of experimentation and you have no time for it. shade and trellis are fine but so far the proposal you’re showing up here is shapeless, it’s a module that can be assembled. You have to design something with that modules. we want to see your proposal: dimensions, materials, find a location and motivate your choice. The installation should be relevant, it should dialogue with the surrounding environment and with the users, what the people is supposed to see-touch-use-enjoy-remember...? Can you show some progress by next week? Please, no writings but drawings

Week 6:

Rene Ng

Tuesday, Feb 20, 2018 - 02:46:14 am

@ Rene

After finalising the interactivity which is the attraction and repulsion using magnets to move the “seeds” in randomise patterns. We needed to research on how the magnet would function and also how we could further improve on the form and aesthetics of the installation.

For the magnet, we found a way we could possibly allow the magnet to repel and attract Read more →


DR3005 - Week 6


Tuesday, Feb 20, 2018 - 01:04:35 am

@ toiletpaper

After brainstorming, we expanded on the idea of the nest as a place not just for animals, but for humans as well. We felt that by incorporating both elements it showed that there could be a harmony between humans and nature.

Last week, we proposed the idea of having a shared space between animals (birds) and humans. However, there is also Read more →

I think you should start making things to show better your concept sharing spaces within humans and birds and nature is fine, natural materials as well. Bamboo construction is an art to master (you can search for many examples, like this in Bali we need to see the scale of it, the sketches on page one and two look a bit too small. The installation doesn’t have enough presence. It needs more emphasis to be relevant and good looking sharing goods it’s a fine idea, even if I’m not sure how much it will succeed, but having drawers in an organic natural structure sounds out of place. I’m sure you can find better ideas for a drop off area remember that, as we said before, it should be a self-sustaining installation, if you need power for lighting you should provide it...or you should reconsider if it’s really relevant to the concept or not.
Thank you for the feedback, we will look into it.
I found this architectural design that looks like a nest.

Week 6

Ong Xin Hong

Monday, Feb 19, 2018 - 10:58:04 pm

@ Oxhrene

Week 6

We decided to work on Concept 1 (lighter form) to further explore on mass and void in a fluid structure to be placed in a public space in NTU.

To be more specific with our selection of space in NTU, we thought of incorporating our installation within a natural space to achieve a balance between architectural installation and nature.

Also, we want to Read more →

I see you're putting some effort to define the conceptual boundaries of the project. the seamless transition between public and private it's a valid concept, I'm not convinced about the moebius loop (since nowadays it's already being used too much) but the ribbon, starting open and moving into a closer space, it's interesting. I have a couple of objections about the striped loop in the two photos: first, that loop doesn't suggest a transition, it looks more like you're "in" or you are "out" of it. That's because it's closed shape. Second, the "bench" is actually disrupting the fluidity of the shape, the loop looks dented on one side. In general, if you want to work with fluid shapes avoid to interrupt the flow with some "utilitarian" integration, better to place some objects on the shape (maybe even made of different materials or different construction techniques) and try to engage a sort of dialogue between them and the fluid shape. please look again into last week proposals and some open ribbon shapes ...another little consideration about the construction technique: the Seville example is quite good, conceptually simple and effective. It's a technique used in many outdoor shading, with the right proportions it's self-supporting and can be made in wood, metal, glass or a combination of them. the wooden joint samples you made are based on the same principle (half lap joints) but they might be too weak to be self-supporting on an extensive structure, please look again at the Seville shelter and try to understand what qualities might fit better to the ribbon design  
Thank you very much for your immediate reply! We will look into the Seville shelter and continue to develop our concept and form.

Week 5: Feedback

Ummi Kaltsum

Monday, Feb 19, 2018 - 10:44:34 pm


From the in-class presentation last week, these are takeaways for us to work further and improve:

We realised that our core message of the concept actually focused on the mixing and growth of the students within NTU — which explains why we wanted to work on the idea of the magnet repelling the spherical metal balls (visually represented by students of Read more →
Tags: feedback | NTU
Hi Girls! these points are, more or less, what we already understood from last week... and we already commented as well! any further developments????

Week 6: Form Development


Monday, Feb 19, 2018 - 09:55:46 pm

@ /kaywerlyn

Continuing from week 5, we decided to focus on the nature of the connectivity of the spine (bones rely on each other to connect and how when they connect, certain parts overlap each other) and this week we focused on churning out ideas for our form.

We looked back at the sketches we did in week 2 and we realised that Read more →

bones rely on each other to connect and how when they connect, certain parts overlap each other...that’s your opening statement,  now I’m looking at the drawings:

Spine bones also have a bilateral symmetry which is totally lacking from your first drawing.

There is symmetry in your second drawing. What it might be lacking here is the feeling of organic matter (looks more like an extruded profile) and the connection between each piece is very much exposed and looks a bit alien from the sitting pieces.

Third and fourth drawings are more organic but too much on their own, lacking the sense of being part of a larger and more articulated structure. Another thing that surprises me is the fact that seaters look very much solitaire, they are sitting back to back, not much sense of community...they don’t talk each other... If I can suggest something, try to enlarge the seats to accommodate more people, or get them close enough to favor communication. Would be also good to interlock the pieces without any extra connecting part. Yor are designing a sculptural piece that can ‘also’ be a sitting area  ... ...look at Henry Moore organic shapes or la Chaise from Eames ...
Another recommendation, it will help if you try to play with plasticine for making small mockup.

Chen Yue & Matthew - Week 5

Matthew Ong

Thursday, Feb 15, 2018 - 03:15:11 am

@ Eureka!

The feedback that we got from our idea last week was to make an installation that is more specific to the site – Nanyang Lake. Our concept of bringing out the “Nantah Spirit” and instilling a sense of belonging among students was good. The installation could probably make use of the lake water or crafted in a way that it Read more →

I reply here to answer to both your and Chen Yue posts. I think the direction is interesting because is site specific and can draw attention from students and visitors. Being site specific it's a very sensitive matter because you should learn and respect the spirit of the place. As an heritage center the place has its own character and its own limitations, the design intervention should be subtle and delicate, visible yet not obtrusive. said that: try to discover what are the site limitations: cultural, aesthetic, technical after that you must establish some design criteria, what to do and what to avoid then try to analyze your several proposals with the new design criteria, which one fits better? which one can/should be improved?
Thank you for your feedback and advice. We will research on the site limitations and evaluate our proposals with the new design criteria.

PDIV - Week 5 Updates


Thursday, Feb 15, 2018 - 02:31:35 am

@ Yaaayu's

Lau Yi Wen & Weng Yayu (Group 7) 

We had a little site visit last week to check out the 3 trees planted at the new halls.

We got a leaf from each tree to have a closer look and to observe it (shortest leaf – banyan; longest leaf – binjai)

We were pretty amazed by the smell of the leaves of binjai tree Read more →

Tags: Matrix | Nature | PD4 | PSD
the symbolism of the trees you highlighted is quite interesting and the matrix help to narrow down the characteristics. I think it's a good starting point from your final thoughts: > Having an open shared place for people to come in and interact. THIS is a good idea. > We might not be using the whole tree there (plant the trees there) as it will not be the center of attraction either instead, we are thinking of using the timber/bark of the 3 trees to build the whole installation. THIS is NOT a good idea: first, it would be difficult to get the bark from those trees, costly and complicate for many reasons to work with it. second, the message you're delivering here is not positive: cut some the trees, to skin them, to obtain some materials you can possibly do better without... is this a good IDEA?? > Abstract way of expressing the characteristic – by using the matrix list – either a sculpture or a shelter. BE sure that your design intentions will be clearly understood from your visitors: how people can interpreter your sculpture? how do they know your matrix criteria? you have a good starting point here: the trees! what is positive about the trees? they live and grow! try to use their positive energy including the trees in your sculpture they will grow with it! the concept of transformation, long lasting, survival, blending between technology and nature should be fundamental values in your work...

Chen Yue & Matthew - Week 5

Lin Chenyue

Thursday, Feb 15, 2018 - 01:31:00 am

@ lin

Based on the concept of Nantah spirit of team work and feedback from last week’s presentation, we went on to explore more about the space, especially focusing on the essential element, the Nanyang Lake.

The photo below provides a clearer view of the lake and surroundings:

The narrow pathway embracing the lake, and the benches are all exposed Read more →